We have issued notice of redundancy and have asked our employees to work their notice periods. If the situation changes during their notice periods can the redundancy be withdrawn?Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 2 March 2010
Once notice of redundancy has been issued to an employee, it is legally binding and cannot be unilaterally withdrawn by the employer, even if the employee is still working out his or her notice period. If the employer subsequently wishes to withdraw the notice because of a change in business or economic circumstances, the express consent of the employee will be needed.
That said, the Employment Rights (NI) Order 1996, provides that an employee who is dismissed by reason of redundancy loses the right to a statutory redundancy payment if he or she unreasonably refuses an offer of suitable alternative employment. The offer must be made before the end of the employee's employment under the
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